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New Class/YouGov poll finds 2 in 3 people want to cap executive salaries

29 October 2014

Almost two thirds (65%) of the British public support a cap on executive salaries, a new YouGov poll commissioned by the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) has revealed.

Nearly half of all people (47%) believe the country has become less fair since the 2010 general election. This compares to 12% who say it has become fairer. 26% of people who voted Conservative in 2010 say it has become fairer with almost the same (23%) saying it has become less fair. Of those who voted Lib Dem in 2010 6% say the country has become more fair with ten times that many (60%) saying it has become less fair.

The poll also reveals that more than 1 in 2 of the British people believe the gap between the rich and the poor is bad for the economy. Over half of people believe a mansion tax would be effective in reducing inequality, and two thirds believe increasing the top rate of income tax on those earning over £150k per annum would reduce inequality. More than 8 in 10 people think closing tax loopholes would be effective in reducing inequality, and more than 1 in 2 think a living wage would reduce inequality.

More than 1 in 2 people want to see the charitable status of private schools abolished, and the income generated to fund the income of the most in need.

Click here to view the poll findings in full.

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